A joke to a friend about winning the lottery turned out to be an unexpected reality for Kamloops resident Doris Costain, who is $500,000 richer after she matched all four Extra numbers on her July 31 Lotto 6/49 ticket.
“My friend came over for breakfast and told me someone in Kamloops had won,” Costain said. “I told her, jokingly, that it was me. When we went out shopping, I checked the ticket and found out I hadn’t been joking — I had won.”
Costain, who purchased her winning ticket at a lottery kiosk in Aberdeen Mall, is overjoyed with how the win will change her life.
“I always said that if I have my health, I’ve won the lottery. Now I have really won the lottery and I am so happy,” she said.
Coming from a big family with several nieces and nephews, Costain is looking forward to sharing her winnings with her loved ones and also spoiling herself a bit. She is excited about what her win will mean for her future as she enjoys retirement.
“My dreams would be to upgrade my vehicle and help out some family members,” Costain said. “I was also dreaming of a trip to Ireland — and now it can be a reality.”
Lotto 6/49 is a nationwide lottery game drawn on Wednesdays and Saturdays after 7:30 p.m. Players pay $3 to choose one set of six numbers between 1 and 49. The Extra option has players paying $1 and having a set of four numbers between 1 and 99 at play on the ticket.
Matching all four numbers is worth $500,000. Matching three of the four numbers carries with it a $1,000 prize. Matching two of the four numbers is good for $10, while matching one of the four numbers is worth a dollar.
In the July 31 Lotto 6/49 Extra draw, the one ticket in Kamloops — Costain’s — matched all four numbers, while 45 tickets (purchased anywhere across Canada) matched three numbers. There were 2,471 tickets nationwide that matched two of the four numbers and 51,772 tickets across the country that matched one of the four numbers.